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The North Plan: Cast and Creative Team

Posted by JessicaStuhr | 14 December 2011

The North Plan
 
Cast
 
Ashley Everage*………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Shonda Cox
 
Kate Eastwood Norris*………………………………………………………………………………………………..Tanya Shepke
 
Brian Patrick Monahan*…………………………………………………………………………………………….Carlton Berg
 
Tim True*…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Chief Swenson
 
Blake DeLong*……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Bob Lee
 
Fredric Lehne*……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Dale Pittman
 
Creative Team
 
Jason Wells…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Playwright
 
Rose Riordan………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Director
 
Tony Ciesk………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Scenic Designer
 
Deborah Trout…………………………………………………………………………………………………………...Costume Designer
 
Colin Bills………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Lighting Designer
 
Casi Pacilio…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Sound Designer
 
Stephanie Gaslin……………………………………………………………………………………………............Dialect Coach
 
Ted deChatelet……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Fight Director
 
Jeremy Eisen*……………………………………………………………………………………………………………Stage Manager
 
Kelsey Daye Lutz…………………………………………………………………………………………………….….Production Assistant
 
 
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 
 
Cast Biographies
 
 
Ashley Everage
Shonda Cox
Ashley was raised in San Antonio, Texas and received a B.A .in psychology and drama from Spelman College. She is also a recent Rutgers University graduate with an M.F.A. in acting. Her favorite Rutgers credits include In the Blood, Fen, Laundry and Bourbon and Marat/Sade. Other credits include Finian’s Rainbow (Berkshire Theatre Festival); 7th Inning Stretch, an annual series of ten-minute plays (Mile Square Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet/Romeo y Julieta (New Brunswick Theatre Festival). This is her Portland Center Stage debut and she is thoroughly pleased to be a part of the cast of The North Plan.

 
 
Kate Eastwood Norris
Tanya Shepke
Kate is very happy to be back at PCS where she was last seen playing Sophie in How To Disappear and Never Be Found as well asvarious roles for JAW in 2009 and 2010. Other regional credits include productions at Berkeley Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Round House Theatre, Two River Theatre, Florida Stage, the Anchorage Symphony, The Wilma Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, American Shakespeare Centre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Washington, Source Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre, where she is also a company member. Kate has received two Helen Hayes Awards and a Barrymore Award for her performances and is a teacher of acting, Shakespeare text, clown and comic theory. Find out more at kateeastwoodnorris.com. Big thanks to Rose and Jason for this dream role! For Cody.
 
 
Brian Patrick Monahan
Carlton Berg
Brian is thrilled to be returning to Portland Center Stage, where he previously appeared in Frost/Nixon.  Other roles include Angel Wells in The Cider House Rules (Trinity Rep), Alex in A Clockwork Orange (Gamm Theatre), Patrick in Inventing Van Gogh (PCPA/Theaterfest), Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile (PCPA/Theaterfest), Wheels in Fit for Society (VCPA), Tim in Noises Off (Cape Playhouse) and Fred in A Christmas Carol (Geva Theatre and Trinity Rep).  He can also be seen in Forest Falls (Finite Films) and Eden's Court (FunnyorDie).  Brian is the literary director for the Veterans' Center for the Performing Arts (govcpa.com) and is co-author of their flagship production, Fit for Society.  He earned his M.F.A. from Trinity Rep Conservatory. Boundless love and gratitude to Pamela. brianpatrickmonahan.com
 
 
Tim True
Chief Swenson
Tim is happy to be returning to PCS, where he was last seen as The Old Man in A Christmas Story. Other work at PCS includes The Importance of Being Earnest, The Pillowman, Sometimes a Great Notion, Pride and Prejudice and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other Portland credits include No Man's Land (with William Hurt), Mr. Marmalade, Take Me Out, The Night of The Iguana, The Laramie Project, ART and Touch at Artists Repertory Theatre; and American Buffalo, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Dead Funny, The Lonesome West, Number Three and Recent Tragic Events at Third Rail Repertory Theatre. Regional theatre credits include seasons with Intiman, San Jose Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Marin Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Television and film credits include Grimm, Portlandia, The Colbert Report, Leverage, Guiding Light, All My Children, Trainmaster II, The Spiral and Green Lights. Tim is a proud founding member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre.
 
 
Blake DeLong
Bob Lee
Blake is making his Portland Center Stage debut in The North Plan. Regional theater credits include Twelfth Night (Pig Iron Theatre Company); The Mystery of Irma Vep (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Viva Los Bastarditos! (LaMaMa ETC); Taboos (SoHo Playhouse); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Palm Beach Dramaworks); All in the Timing (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); Ghosts (Triad Stage); and readings/workshops at Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, NYTW and The Public. Film credits include Sons of the Rodeo (SXSW, Vail and Longbaugh Film Festivals), Expecting (Rooftop Films), Better Than Nothing, We Need To Talk About Kevin (Cannes Film Festival 2011) and Thank You A Lot with Texas music legend James Hand (upcoming). Blake holds an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
 
 
Fredric Lehne
Dale Pittman
Fredric has performed on Broadway in John Gabriel Borkman. Regional credits include Tartuffe at Los Angeles Theater Center; Desert Fire at LA Public; Bill C. Davis’ Dancing in the End Zone at The Coconut Grove Playhouse; Julius Caesar at A Noise Within Theatre; and Problem Child and Risk Everything, which won an Ovation Award, at his own BareWood Theater. Touring credits include Bill C. Davis’ Mass Appeal (Drama-Logue Award). Film credits include Ordinary People, Being There, Con Air, Men in Black and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. Almost two hundred television appearances include stints on Dallas and Mancuso, FBI; the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon; and Billionaire Boys Club. His TV movie credits include Coward of the County; The Children Nobody Wanted; and Love is Never Silent (Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special), which was filmed in Portland. He has had recurring roles on The X-Files, China Beach, Wiseguy, Rubicon and Touched by an Angel. He is best known for playing U.S. Marshal Edward Mars on Lost and the yellow-eyed demon Azazel on Supernatural.
 
 
Creative Team Biographies
 
Jason Wells
Playwright
Jason’s first play, Men of Tortuga, had a critically-acclaimed debut at Steppenwolf Theatre's First Look Repertory of New Work, went on to a successful run at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, and returned to Chicago for a production at Profiles Theatre. It has also received productions at Apollinaire Theatre Company in Massachusetts; Furious Theatre Company in Pasadena; Purple Heart Theatre in Dublin, Ireland; and Street Corner Arts in Austin. His second play, Perfect Mendacity, was a commission from Manhattan Theatre Club and the Sloan Foundation. Like Men of Tortuga, it debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre and went on to its official world premiere at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. In 2010, it was a finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association’s Steinberg/New Play Award, and won the ATCA M. Elizabeth Osborn Award. Both Men of Tortuga and Perfect Mendacity are published through Samuel French, Inc. Jason is also an actor with numerous TV, film, stage and commercial credits. He lives in Chicago with his wife Karen.
 
Rose Riordan
Director
Rose is in her 16th season at Portland Center Stage, where she serves as associate artistic director. Previously at PCS she has directed  One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, A Christmas Story (2010 & 2011), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Doubt, The Underpants, The Pillowman  and The Thugs, which won four Drammy Awards, including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Locally she has directed Passion Play, Telethon and The Receptionist.  Born and raised in Alaska, Rose began her career in theater before she had acquired a lexicon for describing the work. Her first “professional” play, an intense examination of six stewardesses and their “man troubles,” was presented at Eagle River Elementary School. It solidified Rose’s commitment to a pursuit of theater with the sole desire to illuminate and be illuminated. In 1999 she founded Portland Center Stage’s annual playwrights festival, JAW. JAW has been instrumental in developing new work for the PCS repertory: Outrage, Flesh and Blood, Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm, Celebrity Row, Act a Lady, The Thugs and A Feminine Ending. She directed staged readings for plays at five of the JAW festivals: The Thugs (2005), Telethon (2006), A Story About a Girl (2007), 99 Ways to F*** a Swan (2009) and The North Plan (2010). She enjoys being part of a company committed to new work and having a beautiful building in which to do so.
 
Tony Cisek
Scenic Designer
Tony has collaborated with Rose Riordan on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Drammy Award),  A Christmas Story (2010 & 2011) and Frost/Nixon at PCS, as well as designing Anna in the Tropics, A Feminine Ending and the premiere of Sometimes a Great Notion (Drammy Award). Tony’s work has also been seen at Roundabout Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Goodman, The Guthrie, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, Cleveland Play House, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, McCarter Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theater Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Arden Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, Woolly Mammoth and Signature Theatre, among others.  He holds a M.F.A. in Theatre Design from New York University and has also received a Barrymore nomination and four Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Set Design.
 
Deborah Trout
Costume Designer
Deborah returns to Portland Center Stage where she previously designed How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice and Much Ado About Nothing.  She resides in Seattle where she has designed shows for Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Intiman Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Seattle Opera. Other collaborations include numerous shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Denver Center Theatre Company, Minneapolis Children’s Theater, Manhattan School of Music, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Off-Off-Broadway scene and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others.  Deborah co-founded the New York-based millinery company Mackey and Trout, is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, is a member of USA 829, and is on the design faculty at the University of Washington.
 
Colin K. Bills
Lighting Designer
Colin is thrilled to make his PCS debut. As a company member with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., he has lit more than 25 productions including Oedipus el Rey, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Gruesome Playground Injuries, Clybourne Park, Antebellum, Boom, Stunning, Dead Man's Cell Phone and The Clean House. His designs have been seen at The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Didactic Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, Intiman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Maryland Stage, Metro Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theater J, Tsunami Theatre, Vermont's Northern Stage, the Washington Revels and The Williamstown Theatre Festival. He has won three Helen Hayes Awards for his designs of The Master and Margarita, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Dead Man's Cell Phone. He is a 2009 recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater and was a TCG/NEA Career Development Grant Finalist. Colin has taught design at American University and as a visiting designer has worked with students at Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, George Washington University and Loyola College of Baltimore. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
 
Casi Pacilio
Sound Designer
Here we go again with another season at the Armory. Music, comedy, suspense, history and some fun.  Casi's credits with PCS include A Christmas Story (2009 & 2010), Oklahoma!, The Real Americans, futura with composer Jana Losey, Ragtime (PAMTA Award), Opus, One Night with Janis Joplin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Chosen, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Grey Gardens, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Beard of Avon, Twelfth NightCabaret, The Pillowman, Act a Lady, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and six seasons of JAW. Other credits include Hand2Mouth Theatre's My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award), Squonk Operaís Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, touring, PGH Awards), I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls, Burning Deck (La Jolla Playhouse, CA),  Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film: Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit, "fruit snacks."
 
Stephanie Gaslin
Dialect Coach
Stephanie is a native Portland Oregonian. Previous PCS credits include How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, A Christmas Carol, Frost/Nixon, Doubt, Cabaret, I Am My Own Wife and Misalliance. She received her M.F.A. in acting from Ohio University and B.A. in theatre from Southern Oregon University. After living in NYC for a few years she decided to come back to Portland to serve her hometown as an actor, dialect/voice coach and teaching artist. Her greatest achievement is giving birth to her son, Kellan. She has also worked as a dialect coach for Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, Public Playhouse, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Sojourn Theatre, Clackamas Repertory Theatre, Coaster Theater, Light’s Up Productions, Portland Actor’s Conservatory and George Fox University. She is a founding company member of Third Rail Repertory Theatre and has worked on The Lonesome West, Grace, Nobody’s Here But Us Chickens, A Lesson from Aloes, Dead Funny, Shining City, Skull in Connemara, Kiss Me Like You Mean it, The Pain and the Itch, The Wonderful World of Dissocia and Collapse. She is delighted to be back at PCS to be part of The North Plan
 
Ted deChatelet
Fight Director
Ted is delighted to return to PCS to work on The North Plan, having previously choreographed A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Opus and futura. He is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors and co-owner of Revenge Arts Stage Combat with Jonathan Cole. He has choreographed violence for more than 50 productions at various venues including Portland Center Stage, Third Rail Repertory, Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions and Profile Theatre. Ted teaches acting, movement, voice and speech in the B.F.A. program at Western Oregon University.
 
Jeremy Eisen
Stage Manager
Jeremy is proud to be joining the PCS family this season. A native of Chicago, Jeremy spent the last 15 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. His stage management credits there include To Kill a Mockingbird, Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice, Death and the King's Horseman, The Clay Cart, Henry VIII, A View from the Bridge, The Cherry Orchard, UP, By the Waters of Babylon, Napoli Millionaria!, The Comedy of Errors, Wild Oats, Fuddy Meers, Two Sisters and a Piano, Romeo and Juliet, Bus Stop, Julius Caesar, A Raisin in the Sun and As You Like It. Other credits include productions with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Seattle Opera, Tacoma Actors Guild, Seattle Shakespeare Festival and Rocky Mountain Rep Theatre. Jeremy received his B.F.A. in directing from Carnegie Mellon University. His work this season is in memory of Jane Hilton and Sydney Eisen.
 
Kelsey Daye Lutz                                       
Production Assistant
Kelsey Daye is thoroughly enjoying her first season at PCS and first year in Portland. She is a dairy farmer’s daughter and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  New York credits include Off-Broadway work with The Actors Company Theatre; Off-Off-Broadway work with Theatre for the New City and The Internationalists. Regional credits include stage management intern for Hard Weather Boating Party, Shipwrecked, A Raisin in the Sun and 43 Plays for 43 Presidents at Actors Theatre of Louisville; and assistant stage manager for A Beautiful Star and A Christmas Carol at Triad Stage. She would like to thank her Rottweiler, Boss, for all his love and support.
 
 
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